Published in "Formation of Structure in the Universe", Eds. A. Dekel and J. Ostriker , 1999, Cambridge University Press


Jeffrey A. Willick

Department of Physics, Stanford University

ABSTRACT. Six of the principal galaxy distance indicators are discussed: Cepheid variables, the Tully-Fisher relation, the Dn - σ relation, Surface Brightness Fluctuations, Brightest Cluster Galaxies, and Type Ia Supernovae. The role they play in peculiar velocity surveys and Hubble constant determination is emphasized. Past, present, and future efforts at constructing catalogs of redshift-independent distances are described. The chapter concludes with a qualitative overview of Malmquist and related biases.

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